Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary

Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K per year. Pay ranges from $26K on the low end to $56K per year on the high end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Child, Family, or School Social Workers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Child, Family, or School Social Workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,915 - $58,415
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $38,799
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$10.26 - $21.78
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$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,915 - $58,415  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,478 - $55,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $21.78  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $47.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,478 - $55,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.

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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks

  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker


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At the upper end, Child, Family, or School Social Workers who move into a Non-Profit Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Non-Profit Executive Directors is a much higher $60K per year. The most common next step for a Social Worker is to become a MSW Social Worker or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Child, Family, or School Social Workers only report a few specific skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Case Management also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Child, Family, or School Social Workers. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $35K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $39K. Child, Family, or School Social Workers see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $53K.

Child, Family, or School Social Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Child, Family, or School Social Worker in Phoenix:
"How much time you spend driving."
Be patient, let clients tell their story. Don't judge. Be there for them.

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries


Case Management
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National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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